Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Chicken

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This is a seriously delicious chicken recipe - it's a touch sweet from the brown sugar, a touch salty from the soy sauce, and with just enough heat from the Asian chili garlic paste. Last night if you were in my kitchen, you would have witnessed us messily eating it out right out of the slow cooker while we waited for the rice to finish up. It wasn't a pretty site, but it was too good to wait. And today you would have seen me stuffing it into lettuce wraps with some mandarin oranges, shredded cabbage, and chopped cashews. It makes really good leftovers.

Let's talk about the recipe for a minute. I decided to use boneless and skinless chicken thighs because I wanted to make sure the chicken stayed nice and moist. Chicken breast would also work as would pork tenderloin or a lean, trimmed pork shoulder. In terms of the spice quotient, you can adjust it to your preferences and you can also add more afterwards or on the side. Finally, I highly recommend reducing the cooking liquid after to create an amazing sauce/drizzle for the chicken. It's worth the extra 15 minutes.

The Recipe
Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Chicken

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Chicken

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COOK TIME: 4 Hours
TOTAL TIME: 4 Hours, 10 Min
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  • 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce (GF if needed)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (or honey or agave)
  • 2 U garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. ginger, minced

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Stir together the soy sauce, brown sugar, chili garlic paste, garlic, and ginger in the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the chicken and stir to coat the chicken completely.


Cook on low for 4 hours or until chicken is fully cooked. Shred using two forks.


Optional but highly recommended: Add the liquid from the slow cooker into a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil and boil for 8-10 minutes until it reduces by half and thickens. Toss chicken in this sauce or drizzle on top.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 6 oz.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 249
Calories from Fat 6
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 132mg
Sodium 1138mg
Total Carbohydrate 14g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 10g
Protein 31g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Chicken
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Amy Liz
August 1, 2019 - 10:08
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I have made these chicken thighs many many times now. I love them! Last time I didn't have fresh ginger so I used 1/4tsp ground ginger and it came out perfect! As a matter of fact i have a batch getting all happy in the crock pot right now! I can't wait!!!
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July 9, 2019 - 09:25
Can this be made with chicken breast,if yes how long to cook?thanks Ken
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February 12, 2019 - 17:51
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This is so good!! I’m doing to free meal plan this week and I’ve already subscribed to your weekly plans. I’m so excited for all the delicious food to come!
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Cathy Cannon
March 23, 2018 - 06:20
Do we know how many carbs it would be if I use brown sugar substitute?
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Kelly Mergard
March 31, 2017 - 13:11
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LOVE this recipe. Tastes like bourbon chicken! Only thing is I'm having a problem with the portion sizing..with 6oz serving I only had 3 servings when all done. I had gotten 1.9lbs raw chicken thighs. Maybe I need to buy more than 2lbs to get 6 servings of 6oz portions?
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March 2, 2017 - 14:42
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This is now a favorite in our home! Tasty, easy to make, low in calories, and leftovers are great for the lunchbox.
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Susan Amerikaner
March 4, 2016 - 19:06
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I made this and put leftovers in the freezer. We had some tonight (about a month later) and it was fantastic! I serve with cucumber salad and rice for my husband-- and for me II use Trader Joes' frozen Riced Cauliflower. With the delicious sauce from this chicken, the cauliflower tastes like rice! For those of you trying to skimp on rice, I highly recommend trying riced cauliflower with this dish. I am going to make this again soon! It freezes great!
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Briony Beckstrom
January 12, 2016 - 20:48
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This recipe was packed with flavor and super delicious. My husband and I are trying to eat more healthy and one of my husband's biggest complaints is how healthy food tastes like cardboard. Not this one! We were both licking the bowls clean. I think my only complaint is that there won't be enough liquid for tomorrow's leftovers.
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Kate Mills
January 11, 2016 - 18:34
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Made this last night and had leftovers today. Really easy and delicious!
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Deborah Cantwell
January 9, 2016 - 16:54
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This is actually 6 Smart Points per serving, when using the nutritional information provided in the Weight Watchers Calculator.
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Ramona Grant
September 16, 2018 - 08:31
You are right! Maybe the amount of brown sugar could be cut in half?
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